After a four-year hiatus, one of the biggest events on the aerospace industry’s calendar returns to Le Bourget. The 54th edition of the Paris Air Show will take place from June 19 to 25, 2023, attracting top industry players from around the world as they come to share the latest and greatest innovations in aviation and space – from sustainable supersonic jets to eVTOLs.
For the thousands of delegates attending, it’s a unique opportunity to discover emerging trends, see the latest aerospace developments and get a glimpse into what sustainable air and space travel might look like over the coming decades.
Ahead of the big show, we put the spotlight on some of our leading aerospace and defense customers and look at how they’re embracing digital innovation to shape the future of air mobility:
ASKA: A real-life flying car
Based in Silicon Valley, ASKA is on a mission to free people from traffic with its drive-and-fly eVTOL. The ASKA A5 is a real flying car the size of a large SUV, which combines the convenience of an automobile with the safety, ease and efficiency of vertical takeoff and flight. With a range of 250 miles (400 kilometers), this four-seater eVTOL is expected to hit the market in 2026, subject to standard regulatory approval and certification.
As the company lays the foundation for a new era of transportation, it’s using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on cloud to design and engineer its innovative aircraft.
Boom Supersonic: Creating the world’s fastest airliner
Supersonic passenger flights are making a comeback and one company leading the charge is Boom Supersonic. It has set out to build the world’s fastest airliner, optimized for speed, safety and sustainability.
“Overture is going to usher in the future of sustainable supersonic flight ; designed from the ground up to run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel,” said Blake Scholl, founder and CEO of Boom Supersonic.
Bringing to life this supersonic aircraft requires industry-leading technology. That’s why the company uses the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to bring together all engineers, suppliers and design partners into the same environment, so that everyone is working as efficiently and effectively as possible on the same model of the plane.
NIAR: Reconstructing the B-1 Lancer in the virtual world
The National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University is involved in an exciting program to revolutionize the way the US government procures aircraft replacement parts and keeps tactical planes mission ready.
NIAR has taken on the mammoth task of dismantling, cataloging and scanning every single part of the B-1 Lancer military aircraft to create a full-scale, operational virtual twin. Until now, there has been no living record of the B-1. This new 3D virtual twin will change that.
NIAR is carrying out all the work in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, including creating CAD model drawings of every part and virtually reassembling the full aircraft.
Read the full story here to discover more about this innovative project and learn how virtual twin experiences could transform future sustainment activities.
Quickstep: Speeding up aerospace production
Designed specifically for aerospace applications, AeroQure is a cutting-edge, patented manufacturing process, which produces composite materials to the same output standard as traditional methods without the need for a slow, energy-intensive and expensive autoclave. The technology has been developed by Quickstep, a leading independent carbon fiber composites manufacturer in Australia, and promises to save aerospace and automotive manufacturers significant time and costs.
Quickstep believes its technology is an ideal production solution for drones and eVTOL aircraft and has already signed multiple contracts to produce and supply composite aerostructures and components.
Read the full story here to discover how the company is taking advantage of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to bring innovations like AeroQure to market and broaden its maintenance, repair and overhaul capability.
Sky Eye Systems: Building lightweight, tactical drones
Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) specialist Sky Eye Systems is the company behind the Rapier X-25, one of the most efficient, sophisticated and safest remotely piloted aircraft on the market in its weight category.
Weighing up to 25 kilograms, the tactical drone is designed for applications covering intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, pollution control and natural disaster monitoring. Despite being lightweight, the Rapier X-25 is able to perform missions similar to higher class unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), thanks to its 16-hour flight endurance and sophisticated onboard sensor payload capabilities. It also complies with strict airworthiness and military operational requirements.
This is a big competitive differentiator for the company, which manages all product development and every aspect of the UAV certification process on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
Read the full story here to find out how Sky Eye Systems is accelerating the design and testing stage for each of its UAVs and complying with the latest industry regulations.